Court of Appeal stops Rivers and Lagos from collecting VAT
A Court of Appeal in Abuja has halted the collection of Value Added Taxes (VAT) by the governments of Rivers and Lagos, pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The order was issued on Friday, September 10 by the appellate court, which stated that it was to preserve the ‘Res’ (subject matter) of the case before it.
The Attorney-General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, informed the court that the Lagos state government had submitted a motion to be included as a co-respondent in the FIRS appeal.
Following a high court ruling that allowed Rivers state government the power to collect VAT instead of the FIRS, a three-member panel of judges led by Haruna Tsammani urged parties engaged in the case to desist from taking action.
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